Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]

Shoot a firework rocket ~ Winners!
Make a forum zoo!

Welcome to The Round Table. We hope you enjoy your visit.

You're currently viewing our forum as a guest. This means you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use. If you join our community, you'll be able to access member-only sections, and use many member-only features such as customizing your profile, sending personal messages, and voting in polls. Registration is simple, fast, and completely free.

Join our community!

If you're already a member please log in to your account to access all of our features:

Username:   Password:
Add Reply
Maltbridge Wildlife Trust
Topic Started: Nov 11 2017, 12:56 PM (168 Views)
Member Avatar

Posted Image
About the society

December 2006 : Dr Mathilda Walhenberg, a zoologist and conservationnist, is currently in Java, collaborating with the Cikananga Foundation to establish a new Wildlife Rescue Center. The effort is twarted when the main benefactor of the foundation pulled out unexpectedly, throwing the activities and the whole organization in turmoil.

Spring 2007 : Dr Walhenberg tours Canada, United Kingdom and the USA, promoting her researches on Indonesian wildlife. She also advocates the plight of the Cikananga Foundation to attract new patrons to its cause. During one of her lectures, she meets Patrice Vallance, a wealthy amateur zoologist, animal collector and breeder, who pledges himself as a patron of the Cikananga Foundation.

2007-2010 : With Dr Mathilda Walhenberg guidance, Patrice Vallance starts supporting various conservation initiatives over the globe. Soon the need to have a proper organization supervising and financing their conservation efforts becomes obvious to the pair. After an extensive search for a location, Walhenberg and Vallance set their mind on a plot of land in Maltbridge, north of of Port St. Lucie in Florida (USA).

2011 : May 30 2011 marks the official opening of the headquarters of Maltbridge Wildlife Trust, also known as MWT. With the Maleo as mascot, this brand new society pursues the goals of : (1) financially support existing in-situ conservation projects all over the world ; (2) develop new and much-needed in- and ex-situ conservation projects all over the world ; (3) develop and support ex-situ conservation projects for globally threatened and/or rare in captivity species. MWT becomes a member of WAZA.

Dr Mathilda Walhenberg is currently the head of the organization.

Posted Image
July 2010 : The Floridian Parrots County, a small bird park located in Maltbridge, Florida, closes its door. Walhenberg and Vallance, who have been touring the USA looking for a proper site, seizes the opportunity and buy the zoo. The facilities being in shipshape condition, the soon-to-be Maltbridge Wildlife Trust starts to prepare the zoo for its first inhabitants. It is decided the facility will work as a private research center on the development of captive management and breeding programs, with the main objective to establish viable captive population for globally threatened and/or rare in captivity species.

2011-2013 : As more species come to Maltbridge Wildlife Trust, Patrice Vallance starts to offer private tours of its facilities. From a small attendance of mainly zoo-goers and zoologists, the Trust and its mission interest more and more people, including the local community. A PR coordinator and two full-time guides are hired in 2013. Maltbridge City council, its Parks&Recreation department and the St. Lucie County administration contact MWT to promote the idea of transforming the private center into a zoo open to the public.

2014 : On May 30, 3 years after the creation of the society, Maltbridge Zoological Garden opens with Patrice Vallance as its director. 3,797 persons attend the opening day, with an attendance of 41,328 the first year and a annual growth in attendance of more or less 7% a year. However, only 1/5 of the site is open to public, the rest staying undeveloped or used for the Maltbridge Wildlife Trust Later in 2015, the society becomes a member of AZA.

2016 : Opening of the first major expansion of the zoo, adding a large South American section on a newly acquired land.

2017 : Opening of the Endangered Islands phase I. The society is recognized as a member of RTZI.


Our team will update our species list to keep it as accurate as possible. Please refer yourself to our own inventory for more informations. (Please note I will buy animals from the Bank, but all of them will have backstories justifying the buying.)

Both logos by ZTFR, thank you!

Edited by Uolym, Nov 17 2017, 02:23 PM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
1 user reading this topic (1 Guest and 0 Anonymous)
« Previous Topic · Press Room · Next Topic »
Add Reply